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First Look 2018

An intensive First Look at the Stoa Debate Resolution

Date

August 3rd – 4th

Time

9:00am – 5:00pm

Location

California State University East Bay

Price

$150/individual or $300/family

About First Look


This is not a typical debate camp! There are no lectures on debate theory, no lab groups, and no practice rounds. The focus is on learning about the resolution.

The ideal debate season starts with head knowledge about the resolution. Our high class speakers will provide this, from a variety of different perspectives, directly to you. No other debate camp or workshop is like First Look!

Head knowledge, resources, and case ideas are the fruit of this concentrated, intensive two-day conference on the Stoa Team Policy Debate Resolution. Don't miss out!

This is not a typical debate camp! There are no lectures on debate theory, no lab groups, and no practice rounds. The focus is on learning about the resolution.

The ideal debate season starts with head knowledge about the resolution. Our high class speakers will provide this, from a variety of different perspectives, directly to you.

Head knowledge, resources, and case ideas are the fruit of this concentrated, intensive two-day conference on the Stoa Team Policy Debate Resolution.


Past Conference Speakers

On Agricultural & Transportation Policies
Randal O'Toole - First Look 2017 Speaker

Randal O'Toole

Cato Institute Senior Fellow

Adrian Moore - First Look 2017 Speaker

Adrian Moore, Ph.D.

Vice President of Policy at Reason Foundation

Ben Tripousis - First Look 2017 Speaker

Ben Tripousis

Northern California Regional Director for the California High Speed Rail Authority

Brian Marshall - First Look 2017 Speaker

Brian Marshall

Air Traffic Control Supervisor, Oakland International Airport

Greg Rehmke - First Look 2017 Speaker

Gregory Rehmke

Program Director of Economic Thinking

Mike Winther - First Look 2017 Speaker

Mike Winther

President of IPS

Greg Rehmke - First Look 2017 Speaker

Ninos Malek, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics at De Anza College

Daniel Sumner - First Look 2016 Speaker

Daniel Sumner

Director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center

Vince Roos - First Look 2016 Speaker

Vince Roos, Ph.D.

Former Senior Policy Aide, Consultant, Professor & Farmer

Sam Keiper - First Look 2016 Speaker

Sam Keiper

President and CEO of DFA of California

Tom Jones - First Look 2016 Speaker

Tom Jones

Senior Director of Scientific and Analytical Services

Jeremiah Szabo - First Look 2016 Speaker

Jeremiah Szabo

Vice President of Operations for Safe Food Alliance

This Year’s Topic

Resolved:  The U.S. Federal Government should substantially reform its foreign aid.

When it comes to international relations, aid is one of the biggest ways the United States directly interacts with other countries. In the past, foreign aid cases were specific to a country or region, but this resolution allows debaters to delve more fully into the aid given all over the world (over 90% of countries receive aid from the United States). Additionally, this resolution allows for a discussion of regions never explored before, including South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Affirmatives will have access to a wide variety of cases, including:

  • Reforming Humanitarian Aid
  • Economic Development Assistance
  • Food Aid
  • Healthcare Provisions
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Military/Anti-Terrorism Aid

Registration Open

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California State University East Bay


Biblical Principles of Government

coming this fall to

About

Biblical Principles of Government is a family class taught by IPS President, Mike Winther, that dives deep within the Christian worldview to discover the proper roles of family, church, and civil government in society through the pages of Scripture.

Relevance



Where ethics touches economics and government, the Bible is relevant.

Goal



Build a social order based upon biblical principles that reflects the glory of God.

Importance



As stewards of God's creation, we need to know how He intended society to operate. 

Impact



To the extent that we follow God's laws, is the extent to which we will prosper.

Promotional Materials

Testimonies



“I appreciate being taught how government, politics, economics, and history are all woven together in a way that impacts each of us on a daily basis.”

– Joyce



“I thought I knew a lot about Government and how it works, and this class has opened my eyes to areas I had never thought about and to find out how God relates to it opened my eyes even more... GREAT JOB!”

– Louis



“Truth is never out outdated and needs to be retold, remembered and talked about forever. Thanks for all the time you have devoted to getting the truth out there!”

– Dave


“My wife and I signed up for this class because we felt obligated to gain a better understanding of how Scripture intersects with government, public policy, and economics.”

– Daniel  



“I have been fortunate enough to be able to take a trip to the Holy Land, to take a ‘Heritage’ tour with Marshall Foster, and visit many of our county’s historical landmarks. This 10 week IPS course is far more valuable than all those other things combined.”

– Pat



“This class has been the absolute most informative and interesting material about freedom and our government. ”

– Michelle

Class Details & Registration

Modesto, California

Time

7:00 – 9:00pm

Dates

Thursdays, Aug. 16 – Oct. 25 September 20 Skipped

Location

Big Valley Grace Community Church

Cost

$20 + tax per study guide



Fresno, California

Time

6:30 – 8:30pm

Dates

Tuesdays, Aug. 21 – Oct. 23

Location

Trinity Southern Baptist Church

Cost

$20 + tax per study guide

The 10th Annual Civics Challenge

Benefiting the Institute for Principle Studies

 

Event Details


  • Time

    6:30pm

  • Date

    November 10, 2018

  • Location

    Trinity United Presbyterian Church | Modesto

  • Prices

    Early Bird $60 | Regular Registration $75

The Civics Challenge is a one-of-a-kind fundraising event where teams match wits against other teams in an exciting evening of trivia and dessert. 
Enjoy decadent delights in a social atmosphere while laughing, learning, eating, competing and potentially winning! 

Individual & Team Registration

Featured Book!

The Myth of the Robber Barons

A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America


Authored by Burton Folsom, The Myth of the Robber Barons describes the role of key entrepreneurs in the economic growth of the United States from 1850 to 1910. The entrepreneurs studied are Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, James J. Hill, Andrew Mellon, Charles Schwab, and the Scranton family. Most historians argue that these men, and others like them, were Robber Barons. The story, however, is more complicated.

Purchase The Myth of the Robber Barons and gain an edge on the competition at the 10th Annual Civics Challenge. Questions will be pulled from the book and used in the game show. Make sure your whole team has a copy and is ready to rise to the Challenge!


Purchase Myth of the Robber Barons

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Civics Challenge Sponsorships


Support the Institute for Principle Studies’ annual fundraising event while promoting your business at the same time!  There are five differing levels of sponsorship below with corresponding benefits.  Select the one that best fits your philanthropic and business goals.

Thank you!

Event Sponsor $2,000

This is the big kahuna and the best way to promote your business. Everyone will know who you are and see that you support IPS in the most substantial way.

Benefits Include:

  • One Complimentary Team Table for 8
  • Recognition on the IPS Website
  • Three Mentions in Email Promotion
  • Sponsorship Displayed on Event Sign
  • Evening On-Screen Recognition
  • Acknowledgement in Event Program

Congressional Sponsor $1,000

This is the second best option for promoting your business and supporting IPS. You will be set apart and distinguished for your patronage.

Benefits Include:

  • Four Complimentary Tickets to the Event
  • Two Mentions in Email Promotion
  • Sponsorship Displayed on Event Sign
  • Evening On-Screen Recognition
  • Acknowledgement in Event Program

Presidential Sponsor $500

Can’t afford the top tier levels? This sponsorship still gets the word out about your business and makes sure you have tickets to the event.

Benefits Include:

  • Two Complimentary Tickets to the Event
  • One Mention in Email Promotion
  • Sponsorship Displayed on Event Sign
  • Evening On-Screen Recognition
  • Acknowledgement in Event Program

Senatorial Sponsor $250

Looking for an economical way to be recognized at the event in multiple ways? Look no further! This level provides you recognition at a low investment.

Benefits Include:

  • Sponsorship Displayed on Event Sign
  • Evening On-Screen Recognition
  • Acknowledgement in Event Program

Judicial Sponsor $100

Show your support for IPS and have your business listed on-screen and in print.

Benefits Include:

  • Evening On-Screen Recognition
  • Acknowledgement in Event Program

Sponsorship Form